REALize is a free national online professional development event for ESL/EAL practitioners across Canada and will take place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th January 2015. The online event is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The forum is a chance to share, learn and collaborate on the best practices within EAL/ESL.

The first realize conference to be held was just last year and due to the success of it, the REALize! committee are holding another one. For a small, first time online conference, they had 889 participants registered with a huge growing interest in the lead up to it.

The sessions will cover around 30 topics, from the use of online tools to issues on intercultural communication and ethnocentrism in English language instruction. There will be resource page available after each presentation including a recording of the session. You can view the full range of sessions here. Keynote speakers include, Paul Holmes and Nikos Theodasakis.

Forum Goals:

  • Create Diversity of Content and Participants
  • Represent Local and Smaller Communities
  • Explore Topics in Depth
  • Produce Lasting Resources
  • Provide Ongoing Educational Technology Training
  • Demonstrate a Sustainable PD model for the EAL/ESL Industry

To find out more and be apart of the forum, you can register online here.